This study examines the interaction between the politics of a Papua New Guinea
Highlands society, the Simbu, and the colonially introduced state. It does so by
analysing patterns of political competition in a study of dynamic change in four major
stages, the precolonial, the colonial, decolonizing and post-colonial periods. In order to
analyse this interaction, it seeks to answer the basic questions about politics - how people
gain power and become politicians, how they maintain power once...[Show more]
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